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Five Join CSUF Faculty This Spring

Jan. 24, 2013

Joining Cal State Fullerton’s faculty this spring are four on the tenure track and one full-time lecturer. They are:

Vahideh S. Abedi
Assistant professor of information systems and decision sciences
Ph.D., operations management, University of Toronto; B.S. mathematics, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran
Research interests: operational challenges of a new product or service introduction
Hobbies: sports, such as volleyball
Language spoken other than English: Farsi

Sissi L. Li
Lecturer of chemistry and biochemistry; CSUF Catalyst Center postdoctoral fellow
Ph.D. science education, Oregon State University; M.S. chemistry, University of Oregon; B.A. chemistry, Mills College
Research Interests: identity development of STEM students and majors
Hobbies: fiber arts, social and ballroom dancing, ultimate Frisbee, board games
Favorite book: “A Wrinkle in Time,” Madeleine L'Engle
Christopher M. Lyons
Assistant professor of mathematics
Ph.D. mathematics, Caltech; B.S. mathematics, UCLA
Research interests: number theory, which studies structures among the integers; and algebraic geometry, which studies the geometry of polynomial equations.

Katherine Tong
Assistant professor of nursing
Ph.D. nursing, University of San Diego; M.S.N., USC; B.S.N. Cal State Dominguez Hills
Research interests: health literacy, health promotion and health policy issues in vulnerable populations
Fun fact: has a turtle collection
Hobbies: travel and wine tasting
Favorite book: “Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World” by Tina Rosenberg
Languages spoken other than English: Spanish and Japanese

Christopher R. Tracy
Assistant professor of biological science
Ph.D. zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S. zoology, University of Oklahoma; B.S. zoology Colorado State University
Research interests: ecology and physiology of reptiles and amphibians, thermal biology and digestive physiology of terrestrial vertebrates, ecology of desert organisms; research explores how individual organisms meet the physiological challenges of their environment and uses that information to answer ecological and evolutionary questions about population or species characteristics.
Fun fact: “While living in Darwin, Australia, I spent time catching saltwater crocodiles and still have all of my fingers!”

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